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On the grapevine - July 27


The best of summer wildlife at Balloo wetland

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is inviting everyone to Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve this Saturday, July 30, to find out more about this newly created oasis for wildlife just outside Bangor. The event is run in conjunction with North Down Borough Council.

The Best of Summer Wildlife at Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve event runs from 11am-1pm and offers the chance to uncover the fascinating wildlife on the reserve this summer, and also to find out more about the transformation of what once was derelict wet grassland into an oasis for both wildlife and the people in the local area.

Conor McKinney, Living Landscapes Manager with the Ulster Wildlife Trust said: “ It promises to be a great opportunity to get to know more about this popular spot and hopefully get to spot an array of wildlife like dragonflies, damselflies, swifts, swallows and herons!”

Booking is essential, so if you would like to go along contact the Ulster Wildlife Trust on 028 4483 0282 during office hours or email All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re interested in local wildlife, then why not join the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Family membership also includes Wildlife Watch membership for children, the leading kid’s environmental action club. To find out how to join, visit|

Music at North Down museum

At 8pm tomorrow evening (Thursday July 28), North Down Arts presents the full line up of Bangor band Farriers for the first time.

A little bit of alt-country, a little bit of bluegrass and a little bit of folk combine in songs full of spirit with fabulous harmonies. Add in a little bit of handclapping and foot stomping and we guarantee you an excellent night with one of Northern Ireland's up and coming bands.

Tickets £8/£6 conc. For more info & tickets, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Archaeology day

Expect a fab family day out with demos, displays, music, have-a-go activities, story-telling and competitions to boot, this saturday July 30, from 10.30am - 4pm.

A free event at North Down Museum, for more information call 028 9127 1200. Don’t miss out.

North Down ulster scots bus tour

It's coastline, Abbeys and monuments that tell the tale of the region’s deep connection with Scotland and the Ulster Scots story. The tour takes in Newtownards and North Down, the birthplace of Ulster Scots.

Taking place this Saturday July 30, it is a morning departure, with pick up points in Ards and Bangor. Tickets are £10. For times, further information andtickets call (028) 9127 0069 or visit

Cockle Row cottages

The Laganvale Silver Band will be stopping at the Cottages this Saturday July 30 from 2-4pm to perform traditional seaside nostalgic music.

On Sunday July 31, the always popular Ark Farm’s Small Animal Roadshow returns with its cute and cuddly animals for show and tell. For info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

The event is free.

Live music for the summer

This Sunday July 31 at Ward Park Bandstand in Bangor from 3-5pm the live music feature is the Chet Baker Show.

Put together jazz, swing and a humorous narrated storyline and you get great ingredients to a theatre show with a difference. A free event, for further information call Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Still remember the king?

It's 34 years to the day since the King of Rock and Roll ‘left the building’ and so the Elvis Presley fan club of Northern Ireland will be hosting an anniversary disco in his honour at the Clandeboye Golf Club on August 19.

There will be live entertainment as well as a ballot and auction in aid of their chosen charity for 2011 — Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig.

All this for just £5 to non members - join for just £12 per year which includes 4 full colour magazines and reduced entry (£3) to the monthly events — held on the third Friday each month.

Street theatre

This Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31) from 3pm-5pm, at McKee Clock on the Bangor seafront, two stars of the summer entertainment programme return this weekend.

Be sure to catch them in action: The Juggling Fugitive, Jack Flash, on Saturday and Owen Lean, Britain’s Best Young Magician, on Sunday.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

summer sports

DON’T forget North Down sports department has summer fun activities — for its timetable details go to


Elvis tribute night

An amazing tribute to Elvis at CJ's Bar & Grill in Ards this Friday evening July 29. CJ's will be presenting some of the top performers in the UK over the next 6 sixmonths. With tributes to Gaga, Robbie, Kylie and many more,

For more info and ticket sales, contact CJ's on 028 9182 4934

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